Special birthday celebration

May 12, 2009 3:10:57 PM PDT
Could there be something in the water? About 30 centenarians or those about to reach the age of 100 gathered for a huge birthday party in Drexel Hill Tuesday.Could there be something in the water? About 30 centenarians or those about to reach the age of 100 gathered for a huge birthday party in Drexel Hill Tuesday.

Seniors put on their Sunday best each year for this celebration, many longing to reach the age of 100 or more. Some are determined to get there anyway they can.

101-year-old Angelo Rosa drives to the party in his car; he says he still drives 4 to 5 times a week.

"If you live to be 100-years-old you deserve a party so every year we do a great party. As you can see we have over 30 centenarians who are out here today," said Louis Colbert of the Delaware County Services for the Aging.

And another 60 in the county who will get a slice of birthday cake as the county celebrates one of the fastest growing populations in America.

One sharp senior says she knew she'd live to see an African-American president.

"Well I know the God, because the Bible says the first shall be last and the last shall be first," said 99-year-old Virginia Lucas.

Of course many of the seniors here have their very own secret to living a long life and at the age of 100 or more some don't mind sharing.

"One thing I know is I worked very, very hard, very hard," said 100-year-old Angelia Santella.

"Work at something you like, that you love, enjoy," said 106-year-old Marguerite Woodbury.

Declaring her age at 99 and 3 quarters, Margaret Ferguson says dancing kept her young.

"You know with the long skirt and slit up the side and the boa."

And one family got the perfect portrait, five generations in all.

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